Shadhili Tariqa – Ambition and Destiny
Shaykh Nuh Keller explaining Ibn Ata’illah:

Hikma #3: The mightiest ambitions cannot breach the walls of destiny

The Sufi way exists to know the incommensurability of the Divine. To
do so the self must relinquish its position as the greatest thing in
existence. Belief in the inevitability of destiny anticipates this in
principle before one realizes it in the fullness of one’s path.

The context of this maxim is personal transformation from spiritual
hypocrisy to spiritual sincerity. Masters of the path are unanimous
that to accomplish the change the aspirant must have high ambition
(himma ‘aliyya), but it must be sublimated so that it becomes
second nature; practiced and not thought about; there, but never looked
at or depended upon.

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